A team of investigative reporters at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has concluded that Bridgeport and Torrington school districts are among 196 districts nationwide that have had suspicious standardized test results in recent years.

The analysis of 69,000 school districts doesn’t prove cheating, the newspaper reports, but it follows a similar pattern that, in Atlanta, indicated cheating in multiple schools.

In Bridgeport, the reporters flagged the test results in as many as 10 percent of classes in the past four years. In Torrington, as many as 20 percent of classes were flagged.

The Investigative Reporters and Editors have a school-by-school breakdown.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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